If you've ever found yourself in a quandry about which job offer to accept, or wishing you didn't have to make a career decision at all, then you're not alone.
In the current climate, candidates can commonly secure two or three job offers - especially if they use a specialist recruiter to open doors to new opportunities.
However, regardless of your sector or level of experience, the manner in which you handle the turning down of opportunities can sometimes be fraught with pitfalls.
Some people may suggest that receiving more than one job offer is "a great position to negotiate from" or "what it is to be wanted!", but the reality can be stressful for people who may be afraid to say no for fear of letting companies or individuals down.
The sensible advice is to make an informed decision, stick to it, and then let all remaining parties know at the same time.
It may be a cliche, but try to resist burning any bridges if you can avoid it. Your professional circles may get wider as your career progresses, but certain paths may cross again in the future.
Whatever you do, don’t simply ignore the offer, whether you’re uncomfortable with articulating the “no” or it simply falls off your radar. It may not mean much to you, but your silence will be interpreted as rudeness and could definitely be a bridge-burner. Again, these kinds of situations have the power to affect your overall reputation in the field as a trustworthy, forthright professional or... not. How you conduct yourself in these instances could very well follow you (even if you're unaware of it) for years to come, so act wisely and with integrity.